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Rocky start for our tennis in Vanuatu

Pravin Narain In Vanuatu
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

TEAM Fiji Tennis had a rocky start to their men's and women's singles competition at Korman Tennis Centre during the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu yesterday.

In the men's singles, Fiji's Conway Beg went down two sets to one against Samoa while William O'Connell won two straight sets against Samoa.

In the women's singles, Vienna Kumar lost her game with two straight sets against the Solomon Islands while Ruby Coffin did not manage to finish her game because of bad weather.

Coach Robert Krause was pleased with the first day of competitions for his athletes and said the scores did not reflect the game itself.

"The men had a really good and quick start, they obviously came well prepared and ready to play, William played well but he was not really tested and we prefer it that way, we want to start him off slow and then see what he can do later on," Krause said.

"Conway played well also, maybe he was not that comfortable playing because he was playing against the number one so mentally we have to try and get him out of that.

"The girls struggled a bit in the beginning, they have played the same girl over and over again in junior tournaments so it was a bit unlucky for them.

"The score, however, does not reflect how the match was being played because it was much closer so we will see what happens with the doubles because it is important for us to win."

Krause said it would be tough to make a prediction considering it is only the first day but they would know more about their opponents after a day or two.

"Considering it is the first day of competitions, it is hard to tell whether the players have settled in or not because they have two weeks left," he said.

"But I am happy with the way that they played, they still have a lot to work on, they each made mistakes when you play in the mini games you do not really have the time to make these mistakes, you have to be on fire from day one.

"I have not really seen the other team, a lot of the teams have new players and some have had players who have played for a while.

"But when it comes to situations like these sometimes you know the players, but you do not know the status of the player.

"So we will be sort of scouting around within the first two to three days feeling each other out because someone who may have been two to three years ago may not be the same now and vice versa so it is hard to determine the level of competition because some of these guys are not playing tennis full time."

The main goal for tennis has always been the same, which is to win, Krause said they were past the stage of trying to practise or improve, it is time to start winning.

"I would like to think that we could predict wins and losses but that is impossible to do and I would definitely like to think that we would be in the playoff stages.

"Our expectations have always been the same no matter what competition we play in which is to win.

"I am not saying win as in gold medals, but our goal now is not to practise something or get better at something, our goal here is to win, if it involves some silverware then that would be an added bonus." Krause said.

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